OUTLOOK: An outside linebacker who has started six games at Alabama while playing in 33 during his career ... has 49 career tackles with 8.5 tackles for loss (-35 yards), five sacks (-28 yards), a pass deflection and one forced fumble ... gained valuable experience as a reserve linebacker in 2011, as one of seven true freshmen and nine total newcomers to see action during his initial season at the Capstone.
JUNIOR (2013): Part of Alabama's every-down rotation at outside linebacker ... played in all 13 games and had 13 tackles with five solo stops ... added two tackles for loss (9 yards) with a sack (8 yards) and two quarterback hurries ... earned Defensive Player of the Week honors against Georgia State ... suspended for the Sugar Bowl. Virginia Tech: Helped on two tackles in the win over the Hokies at the Georgia Dome. Texas A&M: Recorded one tackle for loss in the win at College Station. Colorado State: Added another solo stop while affecting the quarterback with one hurry. Ole Miss: Made one assisted tackle in the 25-0 win over the Rebels. Georgia State: Registered his first sack of the season (8 yards) as the Tide held the Panthers to 175 yards, including 15 yards rushing ... had two tackles. Arkansas: Assisted on one tackle in 52-0 win over the Hogs. LSU: Made two assisted tackles off the bench against the Bengal Tigers. Mississippi State: Accounted for one solo tackle as the Tide limited the Bulldogs to 53 rushing yards. Chattanooga: Came off the bench to make one assisted tackle. Auburn: Made one solo tackle and was credited with a quarterback hurry against the Tigers.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Played significant time at jack linebacker, appearing in all 14 games with six starts ... totaled 33 tackles, 3.5 sacks (-15 yards), five tackles for loss (-19 yards), one forced fumble, one pass breakup and four quarterback hurries. Michigan: Did not start as the No. 8 Wolverines employed a spread attack that caused Alabama to play more nickel and dime coverage (5- or 6-DBs). Western Kentucky: Made his first career start at rush-end linebacker ... recorded a sack and forced a fumble that thwarted a Hilltoppers drive in Alabama territory ... also recorded a quarterback hurry. Arkansas: Assisted on four tackles, including one for a loss ... also registered a quarterback hurry. Florida Atlantic: Made two tackles (one solo) as the Tide's starting unit allowed only 35 yards of offense by the Owls in three quarters of action. Mississippi: Assisted on three tackles and was credited with two quarterback hurries in win against the Rebels. Tennessee: Collected four tackles and broke up a pass in start against the Volunteers. Mississippi State: Assisted on a tackle for loss in start against the Bulldogs. LSU: Named one of the defensive players of the week by the Alabama coaching staff ... started for the fourth consecutive game ... made five tackles (one solo) in the key win against the Tigers. Texas A&M: Had six tackles, with two solo stops and a shared two-yard sack. Auburn: Made two tackles (one solo) in Iron Bowl start. Georgia: Registered a career-best two sacks, taking down of Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray ... had five total tackles, with three solo stops and two sacks for loss of seven yards.
FRESHMAN (2011): Saw action in seven games (Kent State, North Texas, Florida, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Tennessee & LSU [BCS]) ... finished with three tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss (-7 yards). North Texas: Saw significant action as a reserve on the defensive front ... made one solo tackle, which resulted in a loss of two yards. Mississippi: Tallied half a sack for a loss of five yards. LSU (BCS National Championship Game): Came off the bench in the fourth quarter to make one solo tackle in the Tide's 21-0 win.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Gave the Tide a talented defensive end prospect who can play the run and rush the passer with equal prowess ... No. 22 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 48 in the Rivals100 ... ESPNU and Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 4 defensive end prospect in the 2011 recruiting class ... a consensus four-star prospect ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 10 player in the state of Georgia ... No. 8 defensive end nationally by Tom Lemming and the No. 86 player nationally ... SuperPrep All-American and the publication's No. 12 player in the state of Georgia ... ranked 80th in the Scout 100 ... 2009 and 2010 first team AAAA All-State selection ... No. 33 in the Mobile Press-Register's Super Southeast 120 ... made six tackles and 1.5 sacks in the Under Armour All-America Game ... as a senior in 2010, recorded 19 sacks and 25 total tackles for loss ... had 20 quarterback hurries while fighting off double teams most of the season ... earned defensive All-Area Player of the Year honors ... finished his junior season in 2009 with 94 tackles, 14 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown ... had 10 receptions for 200 yards on offense ... picked UA over Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame.